This week’s Weekend Challenge to keep you stamping explores Stencils and some of the techniques that can be employed when using them. For this card, I chose to use Decorative Masks to make my own patterned paper.
And this is the result:
The Basic Pattern Decorative Mask I chose was the one that reminded me of Feathers. So that became my ultimate design focus.
- The Very Vanilla cardstock background panel (4¼” x 5½”) was placed beneath the selected stencil. I put a little temporary adhesive on the back and affixed it to my Grid Paper. The corners of the stencil were then fixed with Painter’s Tape. I used Blending Brushes to apply the ink in an Ombre color progression starting with Crumb Cake, then So Saffron, then Calypso Coral and finally Poppy Parade on a slight diagonal. The background panel was then trimmed (4” x 5¼”). Texture was added by dry-embossing the panel with the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder.
- For the Feathers, I chose to die-cut four in the same colors using the Feather die from the Nature’s Thought Dies.
- I adhered the Feathers in a drop float pattern on to a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock (1⅞” x 4¾”). The panel was then dry-embossed with the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder. This gives the panel a quilted fabric type look and this technique is called Embedded Embossing.
- I chose to mat (2” x 4⅞”) the Feathers panel with Terracotta Tile cardstock. I chose this color because it blends well this the Calypso Coral and the Poppy Parade.
- The sentiment, Thank You, from the Four Season Florals stamp set was stamped in Versamark ink on to a scrap of Crumb Cake cardstock and heat-set embossed with White Embossing Powder. The label was trimmed to size (1½” x ½”).
- The second label mat (2” x ½”) was created from a scrap of So Saffron cardstock and also dry-embossed with the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder.
With all the elements completed, I adhered everything to a Crumb Cake card base (8½” x 5¼” scored at 4¼”) as per the sketch to finish off the card. A little Bow was added using Vanilla colored Baker’s Twine that I have on hand.
Creating your own patterned paper backgrounds is a fun way to use Decorative Masks (stencils). You can select the specific colors you want/need for the concept you have in mind.
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